Back in early May, Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed starter Jameson Taillon landed on the disabled list with what was termed "groin discomfort." Days later, he underwent surgery to treat suspected ( ) testicular cancer.
As scary as that seems, there is some good news to report. That's because Taillon made a rehab start on Sunday for the Pirates' Double-A affiliate in Altoona. He pitched well, too:
Jameson Taillon’s day likely is done. Struck out six on 47 pitches over three scoreless innings for Class AA Altoona. One hit, one walk.— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) May 28, 2017
Taillon also had this cool moment, courtesy of Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Outside the clubhouse, Mr. Taillon met with a fan from Erie who had Stage 3 testicular cancer and underwent 16 weeks of chemotherapy. They spent an inning talking — Mr. Taillon, the man and his children. Since the surgery, Mr. Taillon has said he's been lucky. He has access to world-class doctors. He has insurance. His cancer was detected in the early stages. But there's a community he now is included in, Mr. Taillon said Sunday, and "it's cool to share these stories."
The Pirates entered Sunday 23-27 and in sole possession of last place in the NL Central. Getting Taillon back in the coming weeks should help Pittsburgh play better, but let's be clear: the best part of the whole thing is Taillon making a quick and full recovery.
Prior to going on the DL, Taillon had pitched to a 3.31 ERA and 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio over six starts.